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Alleged OnePlus 3 renders leak, will pack a Snapdragon 820 under the hood?

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Alleged OnePlus 3 renders leak, will pack a Snapdragon 820 under the hood?
When it's not peddling iPhone 6s cases, OnePlus is actually in the business of selling smartphones with near-high-class hardware, at bargain prices. OK, we kid a little – OnePlus became famous in the smartphone tech circles, when it first launched its flagship (and only smartphone at the time) OnePlus One – a device, carrying hardware very similar to that of the heavy hitters of 2014, but at nearly half the price. Then, it doubled the fame, by introducing an invite system, whereby you wouldn't be able to buy the handset freely, unless you were “invited” to throw money at OnePlus – how nice. In 2015, we saw the logical evolution of the company's products – a new flagship, the OnePlus 2, and a new midranger, the OnePlus X. Both handsets continue the tradition of bang-for-the-buck hardware-to-price ratio and to be sold under the dreaded invite system, though, it's far easier to obtain one these days.

No matter the questionable selling tactics and controversial marketing campaigns, OnePlus seems to be doing something right, as the company's popularity is slowly, but steadily growing. So there is no reason not to believe that we might be seeing a OnePlus 3 “flagship killer” smartphone, some time in the next few months.

Rumors about the upcoming phone have already started popping up and, needless to say, leaksters claim that the next OnePlus will carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under its hood. This is hardly surprising – OnePlus has so far outfitted its flagships with the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, and we see no reason why the OnePlus 3 would break that tradition. What's interesting, however, is that the leakster says the new phone will have a 1080 x 1920 resolution. If true, this would mean that OnePlus is still refusing to jump on the QHD (1440 x 2560) bandwagon. 1080p means the phone's processor and battery shouldn't be bogged down, all the while the display would remain crisp and detailed enough for a pleasing image. Of course, these are just rumors with limited credibility, so don't scratch QHD off your OnePlus 3 wishlist just yet, if you happen to have it there.

Below, we have a couple of alleged renders of the new device. Assuming anything we see on these images is a real OnePlus render, the design language will remain close to the OnePlus One, with slight enhancements and touch-ups here and there. We can also see some weird stripes along the edges of the device, but, as of right now, we can't be sure what these are supposed to be.

What do you think? Are you already eager to start waiting for a OnePlus 3 invite?


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posted on 09 Dec 2015, 05:37

1. promise7 (Posts: 869; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Looks like there's a case in it, but hard to tell. Is that a front facing speaker at the bottom? Where's the fingerprint scanner?

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 05:44 8

2. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Ohh.. OnePlus 2 would kill it... like what they've said

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 05:59 1

3. nebula (Posts: 515; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Well said cha cha cha :)

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 06:43 14

4. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


Obviously fake.

But yet again PA will post anything for hits.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 07:07

5. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


This is some fan render who wants the high set camera lens back. Get real, we won't see real OP3 renders until next summer

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 07:25

6. karas (Posts: 68; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Gay design

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 15:42

15. legiloca (Posts: 1207; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Excuse you?

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 08:02

7. NorthernViking (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


If they can sell their phones in normal ways I might be interested. I am not interested in being put on an invitation list to get a f...ing phone.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 08:33

8. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Thats A Sleek Design To Bad Its A Render And Not Official. This Phone's Screen To Body Ratio Would Be Amazing.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 08:41

9. skips (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


it clearly looks like one of those sh!tty concept renders. what the fk.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 09:00

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 5086; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


very small sensor if that is the case, or very very small lens to body ratio

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 10:20

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


anything more than 1080p on a screen smaller than 6 inches is basically pointless, so I hope that is actually true. Instead, let that processor scream.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 02:18

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Um no. 1080p definitely isn't enough for 5.5 and up. Heck 5 inchers should have QHD if it wants to come close to the GS6 display.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 11:17

12. nepalisherpa (Posts: 210; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


If this phone is coming out in 2016 then it's already killed by OP2.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 12:49

13. Af1rPA (Posts: 673; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


The Oneplus One has better lines, they should bring back the same curves.

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 13:38

14. Furbal (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Hope so.. They made the wrong concessions with the one plus 2

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 16:28

16. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


My OnePlus One still looks much better than that rendering IMO...unless OnePlus comes back to their senses and releases another fully-packed premium phone at a reasonable price (perhaps $500 this time) never gonna buy another of their devices. I love all of the following features in my OnePlus One:
- Premium magnesium build
- NFC
- Good range of LTE bands supported
- Quick charge
- Great battery life
- Proper capacitive button cutouts instead of meh dashes
- Both carrier and manufacturer independent OS

Only changes I want are:
- MicroSD card slot
- Better camera with OIS

So far, the Moto X Pure seems to be the best upgrade available although lacking the latter two parts I already have in my OnePlus One...

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 02:21

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I think they are going to up the game this time. Instead of crafting a 2017 flagship killer, they are aiming high and going for a 2018 flagship killer. Impressive these people are.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 02:23

19. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Jokes aside, the one plus x is sexy as hell. If they can pull off a similar design with high end specs and features, I think they might take the 2016 crown.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 15:19

20. Mario97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2015)


This is a concept phone designedbyhege several months ago

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